Second earthquake hits Nepal, causing more damage

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Urban-search-and-rescue members of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) at work in Nepal. Photo: USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team

An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal on Tuesday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds, according to the United Nations.

It follows an earthquake which struck the country on April 25 killing more than 8,000 people.

The epicentre of the latest tremor was southeast of Kodari, 76 kilometres from Kathmandu.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The initial quake on Tuesday was followed by several aftershocks.

When it struck, UN agencies were on the ground conducting assessments from the last earthquake.

Richard Ragan, the UN World Food Programme's Emergency Coordinator in Nepal said all staff are accounted for.

"We got reports that some structures have collapsed. All staff have been reported accounted for. There was a bit of panic in Kathmandu, obviously. It was a large quake that lasted about 45 seconds. I was in the office when it happened and the building was definitely swaying, but I think everyone is OK and we're going to get on with business."

Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) reported that national search and rescue teams have been deployed.

It indicated that no additional international assistance has been requested so far.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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